To boost rural connectivity, the leading telco Bharti Airtel has joined the bandwagon of India’s ambitious plan BharatNet. It has partnered with the Department of Telecom (DoT), and under the partnership, the telco has set up three Broadband Experience Centres in three villages in Ghazipur, Gorakhpur and Varanasi.
To give the transparent status of network coverage of all carriers to the consumers, the telecom regulator TRAI launched a web portal on 31 May. It will enable users to make more informed decisions while selecting their service provider. It is a beta version and done on a pilot basis with data from carriers in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh.
While the architecture for offering in-flight connectivity (IFC) services would be a business decision between Indian telcos and international telecom carriers with the latter acting as "intermediaries" between the aircraft company and a local telco, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will not regulate the tariff while flying in Indian airspace.
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